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Movement to Repeal 17th Amendment to U.S. Constitution

In America today there is a growing movement seeking to repeal the 17th Amendment.  For those of you who aren't familiar with the text, it reads:

"The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution."

According to sites like, this Amendment was designed to help curb corruption, as previous to this people who wanted to be Senators merely had to buy off a certain number of State Legislators (much easier than buying off 51% of the entire electorate).  In passing the 17th Amendment, reformists hoped to make it harder for that particular type of corruption to manifest itself.  However, argue detractors, all it really did was make government even more removed from the people and the States.

I'm undecided on this and very curious what my friends here at Opposing Views have to say on the issue.

I look forward to the discussion.



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